UNREASONABLE LIMITS | SolGen Calida have changed standard of consti law – Hilbay

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(Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay sits in an interview with One News’ Rush Hour on September 28.)

SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 – Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay scored the current lawyer of the Duterte administration for “successfully changing” the standard and understanding of what the constitutional law is all about.

In an interview with One News’ Rush Hour, Hilbay expressed his concern over the “pattern of very difficult cases to understand” in the past two years with Jose Calida as the solicitor general.

“I have to change what I teach because you have a solicitor general who has quite successfully, in fact, been able to change a lot of the standard, understandings of what the constitutional law… what our Constitution is all about,” said Hilbay, who has been teaching for 20 years.

He cited the case of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno who was removed not by impeachment but though the quo warranto petition filed by Calida. He also noted of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s amnesty revocation, by which the solicitor general also had a hand to.

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“We are looking at a situation again where the law is being stretched to rather unreasonable limits, to such an extent that ordinary citizens are now saying ‘how can that possibly happen when our basic understanding of fairness is well something else?’,” Hilbay furthered.

Standing as part of Trillanes’ legal team, Hilbay also found the situation of the embattled senator as “absurd” as he is being made to produce his amnesty application even if he already has a certificate.

“We are facing a very absurd situation here where despite all the facts, despite all the legal arguments, the judge has found a way to revoke or cancel his amnesty,” Hilbay said.

The fate of Trillanes now lies upon the decision to be released by the Makati RTC Branch 148 which previously heard his coup d’etat case. This is non-bailable unlike the case filed in Makati RTC Branch 150 which already ordered his arrest but allowed him to post a P200,000-bail.

Should the other Makati court release an unfavorable resolution for Trillanes, his camp will bring the issue anew to the Supreme Court, Hilbay said.

“Things will change drastically for Senator Trillanes because the burden will be on our side to find a way for a release order.”